Bill Scarborough and Mike Haenke Interview, August 21, 2007


Caitlin DeSilvey and Minie Smith



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Bill Scarborough was hired as foreman by Northwestern Energy in 2002 to handle the hydro operations and maintenance of the Milltown Dam. When Northwestern took over the Montana Power Company’s operations, they had no hydro staff. They sold all MPC dams to PPL (Pennsylvania Power and Light) with the exception of Milltown Dam. Mike Haenke had worked with Scarborough previously and was hired in 2004 by Northwestern to assist Scarborough in carrying out the dam operations. Scarborough and Haenke relate the recent history of Milltown Dam after the takeover by Northwestern. They provide descriptions of the day-to-day operation of the turbines and generators. They also discuss the preparation for and the activities beginning the decommissioning of the dam.

Document Type

Oral History


Milltown Dam, Milltown, Montana; Scarborough, Bill, 1938-; Haenke, Mike 1943-;

Original Date

Fall 8-21-2007

Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Milltown Oral History Project OH-419, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 419-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound disc (53 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (24 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_419_001.mp3; OH_419_001.pdf

Bill Scarborough and Mike Haenke Interview, August 21, 2007
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